Football Manager Female Staff

Comprehensive list of Football Manager female staff members


There are over 1000 female staff members listed in Football Manager but how many can you name?

To help with this, I have put together a shortlist to make them easier to find.
I’ve also highlighted a few of the higher rated members of staff.

This shortlist was created for FM22 but most will still appear in previous versions.



How did I find staff in Football Manager?

To create the shortlists I used the official FM22 Editor (22.2.0 database) which can be downloaded through Steam.

A lot will have randomly generated stats so you may find someone amazing in one save is poor in another. And vice versa.

Depending on what size database you use, not everyone will appear in your save.

To download the shortlist please find the link below.

Your download will contain up to 1450 staff members, the actual amount shown will depend on the database size and leagues you have loaded.

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DNAjax

This is a one season FM22 beta save and showcase of my Attribute Analysis spreadsheet

DNAjax is a save about creating a solid and dependable team. It’s not always about signing the best players, it’s about signing the right players.

I won’t go into detail about what DNA means in FM as there are plenty of blogs out there already, Passion4FM giving a great introduction. This is just my own little (and simplified) version.


The Foundations

I’ve never needed much of an excuse to throw together a cheeky little diagram and here we are again!

DNAjax

There are 5 key attributes that I want every player to embody that I feel should make a pretty solid squad member when combined

  • Bravery – how likely he is to perform what he thinks is the best action for the team
  • Composure – how unaffected he is by mental pressure, reducing the chances of making poor decisions
  • Determination – how much he tries to succeed, doing whatever he can to win and develop
  • Teamwork – how well he follows instructions and forms relationships on and off the pitch
  • Workrate – the amount of physical effort he put into a match and the drive to perform well

Player ability will still be at the forefront of the save, but there’ll also be a big focus on mentality, personality and background – it may lead to some big names leaving the club early on.


AJAX is a squad that could fall into the overwhelming category, over their 3 teams they have amassed a total of 92 players.

92 players is a large amount for most clubs:
– how do you manage rotation to keep everyone happy while also developing tactical partnerships?
– how do you ensure your youth players get the right development?

92 players is definitely a large amount for DNAjax.

With such a vast amount of players, there’s no doubt about what’s needed… at least half will have to leave in 2021/2022.


The Formation

With already having intensive plans for the save, the last thing I wanted to do was create a new formation so when the amazing RFD Tactics popped up on my Twitter feed with an Ajax inspired tactic, it seemed to be fate!

The tactic is based on the real life Ajax and the football they’re currently playing. In addition to this, when RDF tested the tactic in FM22, Ajax went unbeaten. It’ll be interesting to see whether DNAjax can live up to the previous successes!


The Players

Player Analysis is one of the most important areas of FM, it’s also one of the most time-consuming.

People have different ways to analyse their squads, some:
– rely on Assistant and Coach reports and go with what they suggest
– have an innate ability to just look at attributes and know exactly who will fit where
– use a combination of reports and match practice
– make a super in-depth spreadsheet that will analyse every player for them

It will come as no surprise that I fall firmly into the latter category.


Having the best players you can at your disposal is the number one priority when it comes to squad management. Depending on the team you’re managing, it can also be one of the hardest things about FM.

With Ajax, I’m lucky to have a large squad at my fingertips. However, when looking at my assistant reports to see what he thinks their best positions are, you can immediately see the unbalance. Whilst some positions have depth going into double figures, a few are left without sufficient cover. If I was to rely solely on my assistant and his ratings, many players would be released without a second glance.

This is where my spreadsheet comes in, it gives every player another chance and reassesses their suitability for my formation. Players that could have been leaving may find their future at the club has suddenly become a lot more secure.

For those who haven’t seen the spreadsheet yet, I have devised a formula that rates each player based on their nationality, personality, age and formation/role suitability.


First Team

The first team originally consisted of 26 players, which decreased to 21 after the squad analysis. Not a big difference numbers-wise but 9 of these players were newly promoted from the B-Team.

5 players were demoted due to being too young to cope with the demands of top-flight football or because their current skill level isn’t up to my standards.

9 players were added to the transfer list for a combined market value of £106m. There are some high profile players on the list, but that’s DNAjax for you – if you don’t fit the club culture then Ajax isn’t the club for you.

Following the same process, I can also quickly form my Reserve and Youth squads.

Reserves

Originally 35 players strong, the B-Team has been cut to 14 players. The squad size isn’t something I’ll be concerned about as the First Team players who aren’t currently getting match time will be made available for the reserves.

13 players were added to the transfer list and a further 2 will be offered out for a loan in order to receive some match experience. 2 more will be given exposure to the first team via substitute appearances and cup games.

Youth Team (u19)

Starting with 31 players, the squad now consists of 12. In the same way that I’ll be using First Team players for the reserves, I’ll be using the younger squad members to plug the gaps in youth games too. The small squad size also lessens the workload on the coaches and gives the chance to offer more one on one coaching for our up and coming stars.

No players were deemed good enough for promotion to a higher level but we have seen 4 demoted into the squad.

A massive 23 have been released from the club, with 3 being offered out on loan.

Overview

Out of the initial 92 man squad, 42 players have either been asked to leave or will be leaving as soon as teams come bidding. This is still more than my ideal squad size of around 30, but over the course of the season players may naturally drift away from my plans and I’d be open to selling them.


The Roles

To gain a place in the First Team and starting XI, a player must fit 3 criteria

  1. 60%+ rating in Squad DNA
  2. 60%+ rating in their role and squad formation
  3. Rated in the top 5 players for their allocated role

This immediately rules out 5 players, those who don’t fit the role requirements just yet but I feel would after a season of training alongside the First Team. They’ll also be given exposure via substitute appearances and cup appearances in order to speed up their development.


Each player is then put through another assessment based on their formation suitability and potentially given a place in the starting XI:

Perfect Fit
DNA is above 60%
→ Best role within the formation is above 70% and is also their strongest role overall

CD (D): 67% | DNA Rating: 75%

Good Fit
DNA is above 60%
→ Formation suitability is above 65%

DM (D): 80% | DNA Rating: 91%

Okay Fit
DNA is above 60%
→ Formation suitability is above 60%

The players whose strongest overall roles don’t quite fit the formation but who still rate high enough to do a good job – you could say these are the most valuable squad members as they can perform in more than one area.

CD (D): 61% | DNA Rating: 71%

After fully assessing my squad, I can now see for certain where I need to invest in new signings

The priorities will be:
IF, CM, TF: there are no DNAjax players that comfortably fit these roles so they are a must buy
→ CD: Magallán is out on loan for the season so I’ll need to replace him
→ DM/CD: in an ideal transfer market, I’ll also be able to bring in a player who is comfortable in both roles and happy to be a backup in case injuries hit the squad

In addition to new signings, I’ll also look at retraining one of the RPM’s in the CM role to balance the centre of midfield.

With this being a beta save for FM22, on this occasion I won’t be looking further into youth side of the club.


The Transfers

If DNAjax was to last more than one season then I’d invest more time into scouting but on this occasion I’ll just be using my Football Manager Attribute Spreadsheet to find players.

Having already decided on the type of player DNAjax wants, along with the positions needed, finding transfer targets is a simple process. All I need to do is head to the player search screen and input the 5 core personalities I’d prefer my players to possess, this is alongside having them be of Dutch nationality or being able to speak basic Dutch.

Inside Forward

FFM Rating: 70% | DNA Rating: 70%
Transfer Fee: £5m

Central Midfielder

FFM Rating: 72% | DNA Rating: 72%
Transfer Fee: £875k – £1m
FFM Rating: 72% | DNA Rating: 72%
Transfer Fee: £875k – £1m

Target Forward

FFM Rating: 79% | DNA Rating: 73%
Transfer Fee: £63k
FFM Rating: 79% | DNA Rating: 64%
Transfer Fee: £300k – £375k

Central Defender

FFM Rating: 74% | DNA Rating: 68%
Transfer Fee: £1.6m

Defensive Midfielder / Central Defender

FFM Rating: 76% & 69% | DNA Rating: 90%
Transfer Fee: £425k – £500k

For a combined total of £8.7m, I’ve brought in 7 new players who fit the mould and balance the squad of DNAjax.

It may be I’ll need to bring in another IF, but this is something we’ll decide as the season gets underway.


The Result

Once I’ve completed the season I’ll come back and update this post on how things went, but in the meantime check out my Twitter thread for regular updates!

Football Manager Attribute Spreadsheet

I’m a self-confessed spreadsheet geek and Football Manager addict, so when I stumbled on an opportunity to combine them both, I couldn’t resist… welcome to The FFM Football Manager Attribute Spreadsheet!

What started as a simple spreadsheet for my own use in July 2019, became a project I developed even further and turned into this public download.

But first…

The results this spreadsheet gives are based on what I have found works during my own saves in Football Manager. I can’t guarantee that they’ll work for every team so please don’t always take what it says as golden.


Installation

→ Import the FFMAnalysis view into Football Manager (Custom > Import View > FFMAnalysis 2022.fmf)

→ Press CTRL + P and save as a web page in your preferred location

→ Open the FFMAttributeAnalysis 2022 spreadsheet and webpage in Excel

→ Highlight all the player data (everything except the top row and SIGames link) then press CTRL + C

→ Return to the FFMAttributeAnalysis 2022 spreadsheet and select cell B4 on the ‘Base’ sheet

→ Press CTRL + Alt + P, then select the ‘Values’ option

The setup is now complete and the spreadsheet will populate with data


Features

After setting up the spreadsheet by following the installation guide, you are given several pages of data.

POSITIONS (GK, DEF, DM, MID, AM, ST)
Each positional area has its own sheet, which is broken down further into the relevant roles.

Every squad player is given a rating based on how suitable they are for that role.

If the player is a natural in the position the role matches – e.g. ST as a Target Forward, D (R) as a Wing-Back – they will receive a bonus rating


OVERALL RATING
Another way you can view role suitability is on the ‘Overall Rating’ sheet. This shows every player and every role in one place.

→ The yellow cell can be edited to any percentage based on your required levels. Any matching ratings will be highlighted in light purple.

As an example, I find 70% is a good level for high-quality teams playing in Europe

→ The row to the right of the yellow cell shows how many of your squad have above your chosen percentage so you can see where you have the best depth for that role.

→ The column directly below the yellow cell shows how versatile a particular player is and how many roles, based on your percentage, they could comfortably play or even be retrained in if young enough.


Top 5
An ‘at a glance’ view of the top 5 players for each role, separated into sections based on the positional areas.


Player Overview
Type the name, or use the drop-down menu, for one of your squad into the top box and it will pull the most important data from the other sheets into one place.


Squad Notes
There isn’t anything automated about it but it enables you to have a sort of notepad for when you’re dealing with your squad. The columns have been left blank for full customisation.


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The download you receive contains the following in a zip file:

  • Analysis Spreadsheet
  • Squad View
  • Player Search View
  • Scouted View
  • Shortlist View

This download is the updated version for FM22, it is still a work in progress and some features of previous versions might be missing

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{This spreadsheet is in no way affiliated with Football Manager)


Football Manager Attribute Analysis Spreadsheet